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Grand View’s new Master of Science in Athletic Training degree offers a rigorous program to prepare students for a rewarding career as a certified athletic trainer. The program focuses on evidence-based practice using the latest technology and research. Students will gain hands-on experience with athletic trainers and other health care professionals working in multiple settings.

Program Summary
The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) has been designed from the ground up to develop successful athletic trainers. A new facility, remodeled specifically for the program, will allow the athletic training curriculum to move seamlessly from the classroom to the laboratory setting. The classes have been created to deliver advanced knowledge and the latest procedure in sports medicine. Clinical education courses allow students to immediately put their athletic training knowledge and skills into practice in multiple settings with a diverse patient population. These clinical courses will mirror the students’ development and advancement through the curriculum to provide more autonomy as they move closer to becoming a certified athletic trainer.


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Grand View University's Master of Science in Athletic Training is seeking initial accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study prior to July 1, 2018, and hosting a site visit in spring 2019. If successful, this would allow students to be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification to become a certified athletic trainer. Students who graduate from the program prior to accreditation will not be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification. 
Grand View's program is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The MSAT program anticipates welcoming its first cohort of students in fall 2017. Students interested in the program may apply now.
Course Offerings
As students in the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program, you will take courses in the five domains of athletic training: Injury and Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection, Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis, Immediate and Emergency Care, Treatment and Rehabilitation, and Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being. 
The Grand View University MSAT coursework was developed to ensure athletic training students graduate with advanced knowledge and skills in all of these essential areas. The Five Domains of Athletic Training were not only used as a base for the development of the athletic trainers’ national certification exam but were developed from the actual practical experience of athletic trainers working in the field. These are the most important areas for success in athletic training and serve as a base for our program.
Clinical Experience
Every educational experience in the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) is designed to give students opportunities in the many practice areas of athletic training. As a part of the MSAT, you will see and learn from athletic trainers working in sports medicine clinics, high schools, and colleges within the Des Moines metro. You will also interact and learn from the multitude of other medical professionals working in sports medicine. You will increase your knowledge and confidence by practicing athletic training techniques on actual patients.
You will also have an athletic training immersion experience that will allow you to become part of the day-to-day practice of athletic training under the direction of a qualified preceptor. This hands-on experience will be one of the most challenging, rewarding, and important aspects of the program as you put your knowledge into action utilizing all of the domains of athletic training. 
Dr. Christopher Viesselman, assistant professor of kinesiology
During the last 15 years, Dr. Viesselman has dedicated his career to advancing the profession of athletic training. He has spent a majority of his sports medicine career working and teaching in the collegiate setting but has continued to support new athletic trainers and other practitioners in the field. In 2011, the Iowa Athletic Trainers’ Society (IATS) recognized him as the Iowa Athletic Training Educator of the Year for his dedication to athletic training education and the continual advancement of the profession. Dr. Viesselman has also presented advanced practice techniques and research in athletic training leadership at local and regional conferences. He believes it is important to give back to the profession and has served in multiple leadership positions to support and promote athletic training in Iowa. As a member of the IATS’ Executive Committee, he helped develop and lobby for new legislation to increase the protection of high school athletes in Iowa. 
Why Grand View?
  • GV is located in the largest metro area in Iowa giving you access to more sports medicine experiences.
  • Learning opportunities in multiple settings, including high schools, colleges, and clinics.
  • Experienced faculty devoted to students athletic training education and experiences.
  • Newly remodeled facility with a dedicated classroom, laboratory space, and a sports medicine clinic.  
  • Advanced practice experiences with the latest technology and equipment.
  • Inter-professional education with other health care providers. 
  • A rigorous academic program focused on evidence-based practice and the latest research in athletic training.
  • Grand View offers the first entry-level master's program in Iowa.
BOC Exam Pass Rate
Link for the National Average Board of Certification (BOC) Exam Pass Rate:
Grand View University MSAT Board of Certification Exam Pass Rate: Grand View University MSAT is seeking initial CAATE accreditation. Pass rates will be updated after accreditation is received and students challenge the exam.

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Specific Requirements
Required Prerequisite Courses: Human Anatomy and Human Physiology; Nutrition or Sports Nutrition; Exercise Physiology; Biomechanics or Kinesiology; Statistics (can be taken concurrently in first term). Minimum grade in prerequisites is a C. 
Other Requirements
The following requirements will be met after acceptance but prior to the start of classes:
  • Background Check
  • Liability Insurance
  • NATA student membership
  • Up-to-date vaccinations
  • Individual health insurance

    Materials can be submitted to:
    Christopher Viesselman
    1200 Grandview Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50316